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So quipped (actually, he was dead serious) best-selling author and NBC "Today Show" travel editor Peter Greenberg while dining at DC Coast on Sunday night with a few fellow frequent fliers, including Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler's editor-in-chief, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education Christina Erland Culver of Culver Strategies and C/H Global Strategies.

Actually, Mr. Greenberg, called the nation's pre-eminent expert on the travel experience - packing to unpacking - doesn't lug his suitcases to the airline counter and check them. He ships them ahead of time to his destination, hotel room or home, and he was doing so long before airlines began charging costly luggage fees.

"As I always say, there are only two kinds of luggage: carry-on and lost," he pointed out, naming several dedicated luggage-shipping companies, as well as UPS, FedEx and DHL.

(Note: On Sunday, Mr. Greenberg will be correspondent for a one-hour NBC "Dateline" special surrounding the 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde. After an intensive eight-year investigation, the French government in July charged Continental Airlines with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the crash. "For the first time, we're going to tell people what really happened when the Concorde crashed in Paris," Mr. Greenberg said.).


The new chairman of the Republican National Committee, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, recently headlined the Republican Women's Federal Forum at the Capitol Hill Club, and suffice to say he stole the show.

The dining room was packed, and following Mr. Steele's rousing speech he was afforded a long standing ovation by the GOP ladies. In fact, he was stormed by the admirers to the point that, according to one observer, "it looked like a mosh pit!"

Eventually, the group's chairman, Judy Black, grabbed the microphone and requested that the crowd of women allow Mr. Steele to leave the room because he had other appointments to keep.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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